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Right Turn, Inc.
440 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Executive Clinical Team
Woody Giessmann, LADC-I, CADC, CIP, CEO and Founder
“I became an addictions specialist in 1993, after my experiencing the devastating effects of drug and alcohol use disorder as the drummer for the rock band, The Del Fuegos. I became keenly aware of the need for innovative services, continuous support, and ongoing encouragement for people who have been affected by addictions and mental health disorders.”
Woody Giessmann is the founder and CEO at Right Turn. A professional interventionist and a member of The Pennsylvania Certification Board (CIP), he was recently appointed to the Board of Ethics for The Association for Intervention Specialists (AIS). Having spent many years of his professional life in music and the visual arts, Woody believes that the creative mission of Right Turn is of paramount importance.
Gabrielle (Abby) Dean, LICSW, MPH, Clinical Director
“I like my job because people get better. I get to see people at their best.”
Abby. clinical rirector of Right Turn since 1995, has a professional training rooted in social work, public health and psychotherapy. Her vision is to create a program where people feel a sense of community. Abby believes that all individuals deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and that fostering individual creativity is critical for recovery.
Before arriving at Right Turn, Abby designed and run various substance use disorder and mental health recovery programs, a residential program for opiate-addicted women and their children, and a women’s treatment program.
Mark Albanese, M.D., Medical Director of Right Turn
“For whatever reason, I was attracted to working with those people who are most marginalized in our society, that is, people with addictions. Perhaps what is most helpful is my hopefulness about their recovery.”
Dr. Albanese attended Harvard College and Cornell University Medical School. He completed an internship in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and a psychiatry residency at Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry.
Before joining Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) in September 2002, Dr. Albanese worked for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health for more than 12 years. While working for CHA, he served as Unit Medical Director, Residency Training Director, Director of Medical Education, and Associate Chief of Psychiatry at Tewksbury Hospital. He was also a consultant to several addictions programs affiliated with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Dr. Albanese is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School’s Division on Addictions, where he served as Advanced Fellow in Addiction Studies. At CHA, he serves as Medical Director of Addictions. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. In addition to his clinical, administrative, and educational positions, Dr. Albanese has undertaken research with major focus on the assessment and treatment of dually-diagnosed patients. He has studied epidemiology, pharmacology, and group therapy.
Dr. Albanese joined the Right Turn Team because he believed in the mission of the agency and the clinical team-building approach under Director Abby Dean.
Himal Mitra, M.D., Psychiatrist
Dr. Himal Mitra completed his undergraduate degree at Amherst College. He attended medical school at The University of Colorado and completed his psychiatric training in the Boston area. Dr. Mitra has been working in the field for 30 years, specializing in psychoanalysis and adult psychiatry. He currently works at The Brookline Center and in private practice. He has been at Right Turn since 2011. Dr. Mitra thinks highly of the community of recovery, which he believes helps people deal with the underlying conditions that so often contribute to addiction.
Laura Kehoe, M.D., Internist
“As a primary care doctor, there is nothing more moving or rewarding than being given the opportunity to develop a trusting relationship with a patient at the absolute bottom of his or her life, who has been conditioned to keep his or her disease hidden, but then returns to society healthy and healed. I view people who battle addiction as survivors.”
Dr. Laura Kehoe has been a primary care doctor at Right Turn since 2010, lending her expertise to the Medication Assisted Treatment Program (MAT).
Dr. Kehoe attended Tufts Medical School and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Kehoe practices Primary Care at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Chelsea Community Health Center. Dr. Kehoe is certified to prescribe Suboxone and Vivitrol, and has been treating opiate addicted patients since 2003. She is also a medical consultant at Bay Cove Methadone Clinic in Boston.
Kate Dare-Winters, LICSW, CADC, Psychotherapist and Addictions Specialist
“The most compelling thing about working in addictions is the opportunity to be part of someone’s transformative experience. Acknowledging that people are more than their addiction or illness is core, and then we offer information, skills, suggestions, and support with persistent caring, honesty, and good humor. That’s what I think contributes to our clients getting better at Right-Turn.”
Kate has been working in the field of addictions and recovery since 1992. Her areas of interest and expertise include co-occurring disorders, trauma, and spirituality. She has an MSW from Simmons School of Social Work and a M.Div. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and appreciates the connection between spirituality and recovery. Kate is also a visual artist working in mixed media and is interested in the relationship between creativity and recovery. In addition to her affiliation with Right Turn, she is currently a Teaching Associate at the Harvard Medical School and has a private practice in Cambridge, MA.
Sinéad McCarthy, M.A., PsyD, Therapist
Sinéad is currently enrolled as a student in Doctorate of Psychology program through the William James College in Newton. She received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in Cambridge in 2013. Throughout her clinical experience she has had the opportunity to work with adolescents, adults, and families throughout the Greater Boston area on such issues as addictions, eating disorders, relational conflicts, and personal identity. Sinéad also has clinical experience administering and interpreting psychological and neuropsychological tests. She joined the Right Turn team in the fall of 2013.
Jon Cohan, CADC, Residential Intake Coordinator, Addictions Counselor, Group Facilitator
Jon is a long-time member of the Right Turn team. He facilitates music, journaling, and drumming groups, does individual therapy with clients at Right Turn, and supervises the extended care program. Jon is a professional musician, producer, and drum tech with over 150 studio recording credits to his name. He has authored a few books for Hal Leonard Publishing, most notably, Star Sets and Zildjian: A History of the Legendary Cymbal Makers.
Jen Ziefert, MPS, ATR, Art Therapist & Mental Health Counselor
Jen Ziefert has been with Right Turn since 2011. As a registered art therapist, Jen uses a creative process to help clients discover new meanings, validate experiences and feelings, and foster a deeper connection to self. Jen earned her Master’s Degree in Creativity Development and Art Therapy at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She has experience in the treatment of eating disorders, addictions, and mental health disorders. Jen also works individually with clients using traditional psychotherapy and expressive therapy techniques.
Peter C. Johnson CADC, Intake Coordinator and Relapse Prevention Specialist
A member of the Right Turn team since 2005, Peter serves as relapse prevention specialist and intake coordinator for the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Additionally, Peter serves as an individual therapist. Peter spent 30 years in the music business as an artist with A&M and CBS Records. He was also the founder and co-owner of Musitech Productions, a production studio in Boston. In 1988, he was awarded an Emmy for his work with the ABC network. Earlier in his life, he was the five-time U.S. National Champion in the lightweight single sculls and, in 1966, was cited by Sports Illustrated as the best lightweight single sculler in the world. For more on Peter’s music career, visit him at www.petercjohnson.com
Joshua Bennett-Johnson, Therapist and Group Facilitator
“The cycle of addiction is undeniably devastating and far-reaching. The process of recovery breaks that cycle — it is infinitely more powerful. It is beautiful, and restorative. It empowers us. We get to rediscover all of the things that we loved about life. We learn to start living again. I’m honored to be a part of it.”
Joshua has been an addictions counselor and community outreach coordinator at Right Turn since 2012. He facilitates groups within the Intensive Outpatient and Extended Care programs, including a 16-week anger management course and a weekly wellness series focusing on the health of mind, body, spirit, and community. Joshua is a direct liaison for colleagues in the field of mental health treatment and for people seeking information about Right Turn. Additionally, he writes the weekly recovery blog post for the Right Turn website.
Mick Ramos, MA, Therapist & Insurance Liaisons
Mick joined the Right Turn team as a clinical mental health counselor after completing his internship in 2015 and receiving his M.A. in mental health counseling and behavioral medicine from the Boston University School of Medicine. Besides his interest in addiction, Mick’s clinical experience has included working with young adults, depression, anxiety, and psychological research. As a counselor, he facilitates psychoeducation groups such as Men’s Wellness and Addiction Education, as well as creative process groups with music and photography. Mick is also an accomplished live performer, playing blues and rock guitar in local bands in the New England scene. Mick continues to carry his passion for music and performance to his work at Right Turn.
Peter Beagen LADC, Counselor and Intake/Screening
Peter Beagen is an addiction counselor and intake/screening coordinator for Right Turn. A member of the Right Turn Team since 2014, Peter brings his background in experiential wilderness therapy and treatment to the Right Turn program. Peter looks forward to helping clients move on to a new way of life and incorporate solid programs of recovery into the next phase of their lives.
Michele Hagan, Addiction Counselor and Community Outreach Coordinator
Michele facilitates weekly groups and works individually with clients in the Intensive Outpatient Program. Her areas of expertise are in addiction education and case management, helping clients to transition post-treatment. In addition to her counseling work, Michele is a community outreach coordinator, helping to spread the word about Right Turn.
Michele is certified in alcoholism and substance use counseling and holds a BA from Tufts University. Prior to her work in addiction, she worked for many years in software marketing and product development.
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Extended Care Housing Program
Bob Henry, House Manager, Extended Care Housing for Addiction
A long-time member of the Right Turn Steering Committee, Bob is the manager of the Right Turn Men’s Extended Care Housing Program, and he coordinates the Saturday Right Turn LIVE! sober café.
Bill Cagnina, Mentor, Extended Care Housing for Addiction
Bill has worked as Building Services Supervisor for the Town of Concord, MA since 1995. He became a mentor at the Right Turn Men’s Extended Care Housing Program in 2011.
Diana Clark, JD, MA, Family Addictions Consultant
Family work is an important component in the continuum of services at Right Turn. Our approach is to engage parents in one of Diana’s monthly family workshops designed to address the stress and fear experienced by family members. Diana’s workshop educates parents in the area of substance use and addictive disorders. This workshop can be the first step in a family getting the help they need and deserve.
Rivkah Lapidus, Ph.D, LMHC, Psychotherapist and Addictions Specialist
Rivkah Lapidus is an experienced psychotherapist and visual artist. For 25 years, she has worked with clients in programs for child and family services, community mental health, addictions program, methadone maintenance and outreach with the homeless. She is educated in addictive behaviors and believes that it is important to understand the individual, to be flexible, and to develop the best approach for each client. She received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fielding University, and a Master’s Degree in expressive therapy from Lesley College Graduate School. Her training also includes a clinical fellowship at the Zinberg Center for Addiction Studies at Harvard Medical School and a psychology internship at Medfield State Hospital. http://www.rivkahlapidus.com
Willy Drinkwater, M.Ed, CADC-II, LADC-I, Psychotherapist
“I enjoy helping people to help themselves.”
Willy has been working in the addiction/psych field for over twenty years. He specializes in working with clients who have co-occurring disorders with addiction and mental health. He has been associated with Right Turn since its inception and is a professor at UMASS-Boston and Cambridge College.
Elena Pellegrino, LMHC, Psychotherapist
“I believe everyone has the capability to change. I have seen how the power of group therapy helps clients to heal. I try to connect and use the group dynamic to help clients during my Stress and Relaxation group. I help the group members find ways to use meditation, breathing and visualization to become more mindful and present during their own recovery process.”
Elena is a licensed mental health counselor focusing on treatment for couples, family, and adolescents, and she is trained to treat clients with a history of trauma. Elena received her Master’s Degree in 2002, and has been in private practice since 2004. She currently sees clients individually and facilitates the Stress and Relaxation Group for the Intensive Outpatient Program.
"Woody and Right Turn are fantastic resources. Without Woody our son would not be in the better place he is today. We thank Woody for all the time, advice, counseling and support."
"I loved being around all the musicians at Right Turn. A lot of the staff are professional musicians and I learned a lot from them both about music and recovery."
- Client: New Orleans, LA
"You guys provided me awesome support and education about drug and alcohol addiction. I really enjoyed the music and arts groups."
- Client: Boston, MA